Hey everyone! I am writing this post because me and my father are considering the purchase of a windsurf board. We are both around 185cm tall and we both weigh around 80kg. We have been windsurfing for 3 summers (but mostly this summer) on an old Mistral Competition from the 80's, that should be around 250 liters in volume, since it's almost 4 meters long. It also comes with a centerboard. We got sick of this board since despite its volume, it is very unstable, being very narrow, and since it basically does not turn due to its length. We also got lots of experience on smaller boards (down to 150 liters) at a local windsurfing school, having done lessons for 2 weeks. My skill level is definitely not the one of a beginner, but i'm not really advanced either. I can easily sail in non-planing conditions, being able to ride well, do a tack and a jibe. I can use a harness, and I was learning how to plane, with several successful attempts, before I left the seaside. My father is around my same skill level, even though he has not experienced planing yet. We agreed that we should look for a freeride board, since riding, possibly fast, is what we enjoy most doing. We were talking to an experienced sailor about our situation, and he said that in order to have great fun, we should go for a 140 liter board for now. From what I was reading on the internet, 140 liters seems to me like a little bit on the bigger side, and I wasn't really happy to hear this. From what I have seen on the internet, I would have searched for a 120-125 liter board, since it gets a little bit more performant, and, knowing myself, I would get annoyed by the fact of having to use a bigger board when the wind conditions would allow me to go for a faster, more maneuverable board. Our advisor's point was that, since we do not know how to waterstart yet, it might not be fun to end up on a board that gradually sinks under your feet when you are trying to uphaul. I personally would not mind giving a way a few of my sessions to learn how to waterstart. This being said, I am not an expert, so I would like some feedback on what I should do. Thank you all for the feedback!